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South Korea to Close Down 19 Dog Meat Vendors, Turn Gupo Livestock Market Into a Park


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South Korea's Gupo Livestock Market, a major dog meat market home to 19 dog meat vendors, is finally shutting down.

The vendors at Gupo sell refrigerated dog meat, and some even have live dogs on display who can be slaughtered-to-order, LiveKindly reports. It's incredible to hear that the vendors will all shut down next month, at which point Gupo Livestock Market will be turned into a public park, as part of an urban planning project in the area, according to the Daily Mail.

"We very much welcome the agreement reached to close Gupo market, home to one of the largest dog meat markets in South Korea," Nara Kim, a dog meat campaigner for Humane Society International said in a statement published by Unilad. "The closure plan is the result of months of hard work between the local authorities and the market vendors, and both sides are to be commended for working towards this goal that will not only bring to an end to Gupo's dog meat era, but will also see the area regenerated with new amenities and businesses for the benefit of the local, modern economy."